On the International Day of Human Rights, which was also the closing date of the 16-days activism of the UN campaign, InterMediaKT discussed about Freedom of Expression, through its favourite online space of Open Dialogue Cafe.
Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Having the right to speak, inform and receive free information is the pillar of a healthy democratic society, but around the world, there are governments and those wielding power who find many ways to obstruct it.
This time the speaker was a member of InterMediaKT, Sara Albo, who has a master in Multimedia Journalism (Broadcast). She reported also the experience of her colleague Abhilash Mallick, who is currently working as a fact-checker and multimedia journalist at The Quint, a digital-only news organisation based in New Delhi, India.
The community explored how this right is protected or violated in different countries, such as China and India, but it also discussed about important figures such as Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
Finally, participants reflected on the risks of social media channels and on how subtle “the freedom line” can be in every country of the world.